Sunday, August 30, 2015

Random Photos: Dragonflies

While walking at Indian Springs Park last weekend, I saw a ton of dragonflies, especially the large red ones which kept landing in the grass, though one did try to land on my hand.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Skywatch Friday 116

Taken about 7pm last Sunday evening as the moon rose and day started to come to a close . . .

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 386: Recently Viewed

Here are some of the movies watched during June and July. Half of these I had seen before, while the rest were new-to-me movies. An (*) denotes a first viewing.

01. My Sister Eileen * (1955; Jack Lemmon Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett)

02. Mamma Mia! (2008; Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Christine Baranski)

03. The American President (1995; Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Micharl J. Fox, Richard Dreyfus)

04. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie)

05. The Trouble With Angels (1966; Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, June Harding, Mary Wickes)

06. Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows * (1968; Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, Binnie Barnes)

07. The Great Debaters * (2007; Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise)

08. Flight * (2012; Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, Tamara Tunie)

09. A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004; Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning)

10. Seven Years in Tibet * (1997; Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong)

11. The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996; Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, Pierce Brosnan)

12. Taps * (1981; George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn)

13. The Contractor * (2007, Wesley Snipes, Eliza Bennett, Lena Headey)

Seen anything good lately?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 185: Lilies


Wordless Wednesday

Teaser Tuesday 274: Calamity Jayne

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser comes from Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus.

My flashlight went out. I let loose with a scream that would have put those horror movie queens of scream to shame. I dropped the flashlight and ran like you-know-what.

(Chapter 1)

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

"Listen, Sheriff, I don't have all the answers you’re looking for, but I do know this. Someone took that body from the trunk while I was going for help. It was there when I left, and gone when I came back, and as dead men tell no tales, I am relatively sure they can’t haul ass, either."

(Chapter 4)


Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the never-ending string of dumb-blonde jokes and her longtime nickname. Crowned "Calamity Jayne" by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Rick Townsend, Tressa's out to gain a little hometown respect -- or die trying. Unfortunately for Tressa, that may be the case. She's just been handed the perfect opportunity to get "Ranger Rick," the doubting Don Juan of the DNR, and a skeptical citizenry to finally take her seriously. How? By solving a murder no one else believes happened...No one, that is, except the killer.

Yup, Calamity Jayne is in it up to her hot pink snakeskin cowgirl boots and matching rhinestone belt. Tressa would tell you her momma never raised no dummies, but the jury's still out on that one.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Skywatch Friday 115

I happened to catch some aircraft on film while at the Arboretum a couple weeks ago. First a passenger plane came in from the southeast en route to the airport. He was flying pretty low, so I just barely saw him above the treetops. A few minutes later I heard Med Flight coming in from the southwest, headed for one of the local hospitals.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015